Two Sport Star Boateng High on the Hawkeyes

It seems like every time you turn around these days, Kirk Ferentz's Iowa Hawkeyes are getting mentioned by some of the country's best football players. Take two-sport phenom Nyan Boateng of Brooklyn, for example. With offers from a who's who of college football, in addition to some blue blooded college basketball programs, such as North Carolina and Kentucky, Boateng has a desire to play both sports at the college level...Iowa has a couple of ties that are working in its favor...(MORE)

Nyan Boateng of Brooklyn, New York, is perhaps one of the most versatile athletes in America.

The 6-foot-3, 190-pound prospect might have a more difficult decision than many of his peers when it comes to selecting a college.

Shed no tears for Boateng, as he is in a unique position: multiple scholarship offers from colleges across the country for two different sports.

He is a coveted wide receiver prospect in football as well as a very good guard on the hard court.

First, let's talk football.

"I'm pretty wide open right now, but I have some schools ahead of the others," Boateng said. "I like Maryland, Iowa, Penn State, Nebraska, USC, Oregon, Pittsburgh, and Miami (FL), who just offered me three weeks ago. Those schools I know I will listen to, and I'll have to decide on the others."

Then you have hoops, where Boateng has received offers from several schools, including North Carolina, Kentucky, Virginia Tech and LSU. Kansas has offered him in football, likely hoping that the lure of the Jayhawk hoops team will aide their cause.

Boateng has a few factors that will be important to him when he ultimately chooses a college.

"I want a great academic school, coaches, reputation, and a program that will help direct my career in giving me the chance to play early and move on to the next level. Also, being able to play both basketball and football in college will be a big deal." Boateng said.

"I'm going to try and squeeze in a couple visits during the season since I have basketball starting right afterwards. I know I'd like to make my decision in the beginning of December, but I fully plan to use all five of my official visits."

Boateng is also very high on Kirk Ferentz's Iowa Hawkeyes.

"I'd say, right now, that there is a 90% chance I will make a visit out to Iowa." Boateng said.

A large reason for that is the commitment of Jake Christensen, whom Nyan was able to meet at the US Army All-American game in San Antonio last January.

"I met both Jake and his father (Jeff) down there, and Jake and I really connected when he threw me some passes. I have a lot of respect for his father, as he played in the NFL and I have listened to his guidance. He told me down in Texas to just keep working hard and he took a real interest in me. When he found out I had interest in Iowa, we began to speak again, and that is a big reason I want to make it out there."

Boateng likes what he sees with the Iowa program in addition to Jake's commitment.

"I really like Coach Ferentz from just having seen him on television. He really coaches the game well, and I think he has a great offensive mind. Coach (Darrell) Wilson is the one recruiting me, and he is a Jersey guy so I know they have a lot of east coast guys out there."

As we have mentioned, a key to landing Boateng is also going to be the opportunity to play basketball, and he has heard from Iowa and also feels that he would have that chance.

"Yeah, I've received a lot of mail from their basketball program. I know I'd have the opportunity to play both if I made it out there."


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